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New funding initiative helps ‘grow’ Organic School Gardens Program in Australia

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The Biological Farmers of Australia (BFA) has formed a partnership with Vitasoy Australia to provide start up grants for Primary Schools to assist with the establishment of organic gardens. The initiative is part of the Organic School Gardens Program (OSGP).

As one of four new sub programs within the OSGP, the Vitasoy Australia Starter Schools Program has provided ten Primary Schools across Australia with monetary grants towards the purchase of gardening materials and equipment.

With school gardening programs rising in popularity around the globe, Vitasoy Australia says they are ‘proud to support the Organic School Gardens Program to help children on their journey towards better health and wellbeing through the practical experience of watching food grow in their own school garden’.

Jane Burns, OSGP manager says, “Vitasoy’s Starter Schools Program provides schools with a wonderful opportunity to set up a school garden program, adding to, and enriching, their current curriculum”.

Since its inception in May 2010, over 800 schools have registered for the free national BFA Organic School Gardens Program. The OSGP is the only school organic gardening program based on recognised organic standards in Australia.

The program aims to teach children aged eight to 12 about the benefits of growing their own fresh and organic food through the creation and maintenance of an organic school garden, with lesson plans focusing on organics for plant, human and animal health and the environment.

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